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Round-up: Council of Europe 'SPACE I' Annual Penal Statistics in Europe for 2015

22nd March 2017

The Council of Europe have published their Report: SPACE I Annual Penal Statistics in Europe for 2015, containing a detailed breakdown of penological trends across Europe.

The Irish Examiner: Numbers being jailed at lowest since 2008

21st March 2017

An article in today's Irish Examiner by Cormac O'Keeffe on how the number of people being jailed has reached its lowest level since 2008.

Round-up: Ireland's examination under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

15th February 2017

IPRT made a submission in advance of CEDAW on issues facing women in the Irish criminal justice system, including: too many women are sent to prison for non-violent offences (including the non-payment of fines), the failure to provide gender-specific alternatives to prison, and the lack of open prison facilities for women.

Drivetime: Mental Health Issues in Prison

3rd February 2017

IPRT’s Acting Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide spoke to Mary Wilson on RTE Radio One’s Drivetime, on the topic of mental health in prisons.

The Pat Kenny Show: Interview on Spent Convictions

2nd February 2017

IPRT’s Acting Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide spoke to Pat Kenny on the topic of spent convictions.

The Irish Examiner: Feud link to rise in prison protection

1st February 2017

Recently released Irish Prison Service (IPS) figures show that the number of prisoners on 22/23 hour lock-up in Mountjoy has jumped eightfold, from six last October to 47 last month.

Irish Legal News: Hospitalisations of Mountjoy prisoners branded 'shocking'

10th January 2017

The number of Irish prisoners who have been hospitalised as a result of assaults, self-harm and drug incidents - particularly at Mountjoy Prison - is "shocking", the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said.

The Detail.TV: Concerns raised over scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland

19th December 2016

In TheDetail.TV and The Irish Times, articles by Claire Smyth raise concerns over the scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland.

The Irish Examiner: No prison visits on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day

19th December 2016

The families of prisoners will not be able to visit their loved ones on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, the Irish Prison Service has confirmed.

The Irish Examiner: Lack of Facilities Delays Releases

30th November 2016

Long-term inmates are being kept in prison despite being eligible for parole because there are no facilities on the outside to support them.

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